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Seattle Opera.

Experience Opera

Experience Opera

2015/16 Season

McCaw Hall

Memberships start at $8 per person

Students and their chaperones are invited to experience the magic of the opera from behind the scenes! Get backstage access to our Scenic Studios or Costume Shop, or see the unfolding of a production in an exclusive viewing of a dress rehearsal. There are unlimited ways to experience opera; come discover the opera all season long.


  • Dress rehearsals: Witness the final stages of preparation before an opera is ready for the public! Experience a full-length opera with a unique perspective of behind-the-scenes rehearsing. Seats in McCaw Hall offer views of the stage as well as the production, tech, music, and orchestra departments at work. This season includes dress rehearsals of the following operas: Nabucco (August 5 & 6); The Pearl Fishers (October 14 & 15); The Marriage of Figaro (January 13 & 14); Mary Stuart (February 24 & 25); The Flying Dutchman  (May 4 & 5). Dress rehearsal performances begin at 7:00 PM at McCaw Hall.
  • Opera Discussions: Before attending a dress rehearsal, learn everything there is to know about the evening's opera! Unlock the secrets behind the music & history and learn about the inner workings of a dress rehearsal. The event is open to Experience Opera dress rehearsal ticket holders. Discussions pre-dress rehearsal in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall.
    • January 13 at 4:45PM
    • January 14 at 6:00PM
    • February 24 & 25 at 6:00PM
    • May 4 & 5 at 6:00PM
  • Costume Shop Tour: Want a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into preparing an opera? This season features a tour of our Costume Shop, offering an exciting peek into the world of costume design and construction. Open to season members and one-time attendees. This year's tour was on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.


Are you a teacher? We'll come to your school!

Prepare your students to attend an opera dress rehearsal or performance with a hands-on session with our engaging teaching artists. This fully customizable program connects to a variety of curricula, including humanities, foreign language, music, and history.

Free with two Group Memberships (15 participants) for $120 each. Contact us today to receive an access code and book your classroom or afterschool group presentation!

For more information contact the education department at 206.676.5566 or email

Order now:

One day and season-long memberships are available to attend Experience Opera events. One-day memberships are $8 for an individual or $120 for a group of 15.

To order, click "Register Now" and complete the form. Payment may be made by check or credit card. Contact today to receive an access code!


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